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August 9, 2018
Fire Prevention and Preparedness Update

With the ongoing fires around the State, the City continues to focus on fire preparedness and prevention in our community, as described by City Manager Jim McCann at the Mill Valley City Council meeting on August 7, 2018. We are currently supporting the firefighting efforts to the north - five of our Fire Department staff have been deployed to assist at the Mendocino Complex Fire in Mendocino and Lake Counties. Battalion Chief Michael St. John has been part of the incident command for this devastating fire, and four of our firefighters and one of our fire engines are deployed there as well. Learn more.
Private Bus and Shuttle Operations

At their meeting on July 30, the City Council heard an informational update on current regulations governing private charter vehicles and tour operations within Mill Valley City limits.

Council received a presentation by Interim Police Chief Jacqueline Graf-Reis, regarding our rules and practices. She stated that there are currently no tour operators in Mill Valley, and she detailed the procedures required if a business wanted to conduct tours in Mill Valley, which include obtaining a business license, and following all City regulations regarding permissible travel routes and parking restrictions.  Learn more  
Planning Commission and City Council to Consider Telecommunications Ordinance

With growing demand to support 4G and 5G technology for broadband and data services, the wireless telecommunications industry has begun to pursue the installation of smaller cell and distributed antenna systems throughout Marin County including on facilities in the public right-of-way. The City of Mill Valley is working to update our regulations to specifically address the installation, location, appearance and maintenance of wireless telecommunication facilities, with an urgency ordinance scheduled for the Planning Commission this month and City Council adoption in early September.  Learn more.
Mill Valley's 2018 Street Slurry Project is Underway!

Nine residential streets and two public parking lots are included in this portion of the City's annual pavement improvement project. Work is planned to begin the week of August 12 and may carry over to the week of August 19. Learn more.
Steps, Lanes and  Paths Update

City work crews responded to a request by an 86-year old Mill Valley resident to install handrails on the steps near her home. 

The steps, known as "SLP 184" are located between Marguerite Ave. and Magee Ave. and had been in need of handrails and some step repairs. Our Public Works Department received the request and coordinated the repairs, which wrapped up this week. Thanks to all involved!

Mill Valley Bicycle Friendly Task Force Survey

The City of Mill Valley adopted the 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan last November. The Plan outlines the City's bicycle and pedestrian policies and priorities. One of the goals is to become a "Bicycle Friendly City." To do so, we are conducting a survey to learn more about bicycle-related transportation behaviors in our community. Your responses will help us further inform and improve our bicycle programs and facilities.   Please click here to participate.
News from Recreation 

Yellow School Bus Passes are on Sale

The Mill Valley School District, in partnership with the City of Mill Valley, the County of Marin, and Marin Transit, is pleased to continue the yellow school bus program that was first piloted in 2016/17.  Purchase your tickets today!

Bayfront Playfield Renovation Completed

Did you know the City of Mill Valley operates and maintains approximately 11 acres of sport fields for use by organized sports teams? The fields support the play of between 4-5,000 annual participants!

These fields require regular repair to keep them in prime shape for community use. This summer, our Parks crew removed all the old sod and soil from Bayfront Playfield. It will reopen September 2nd.  Learn more.
Mill Valley Fire Department Bolsters Capabilities in Wildland Fire Response

The Mill Valley Fire Department has recently taken delivery of a new four-wheel-drive wildland fire engine. The new engine replaces a 20-year-old existing engine.  Learn more.
WWTP Rehabilitation Project Update 

The Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin launched their 2-year, $20 million Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) rehabilitation project in April 2018. Improvements include infrastructure modernization, increased reliability and efficiency, electrical upgrades, and odor reduction. Learn more.
Solicitor and Canvasser Permits

There has been a group circulating around Mill Valley that is placing flyers at residences offering to paint curb numbers for your home and requesting a donation.  Learn more.
Public Engagement: Your Input is Welcome and Encouraged

Based on your feedback from our recent survey, we are dedicating a section in each newsletter with information and resources on public engagement - how you can learn more, stay involved, and participate in your local government.

You've got ideas, suggestions, questions and comments and we want to hear them! Here is how.

Also - Mark your calendar for September 1: Councilmember on the Plaza! A Mill Valley City Councilmember will be personally available for discussion, suggestions, comments, complaints and general community input on the first Saturday of the month.
You can find City Events on our Event Calendar on the City Website. The following lists featured events, but there is so much more! Check it out.
Recreation Programs & Events:

Monday, August 20, 2018 from 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
Mill Valley Community Center

Movies in the Park
Friday, September 7th - The Lion King
Old Mill Park
August Concerts in the Plaza
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
3pm - 5pm
Downtown Plaza

Join the Mill Valley Arts Commission for FREE outdoor concerts in the Downtown Plaza. Learn more.
Out of this World Music from 1969!
Mill Valley Library
Friday, August 10th
Main Reading Room - 7:00pm

Where were you when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon? More importantly, what were you listening to? Bring your vinyl records released in 1969 or choose from the estimable collection of Mill Valley Music's Gary Scheuenstuhl and share your story about what a song of your choice means to you. And then we play it. Nice and loud. Registration recommended. Click here to register.
The Longest Table Literary Picnic
Saturday, August 11th | 1:00-3:30pm
Hauke Field - across from MV Police (1 Hamilton Dr.)

Let's form the longest literary picnic table! Join the Mill Valley Public Library and KQED as we add table after table to form one gigantic picnic spread. Feast on a picnic lunch (provided), partake in literary trivia, and mix and mingle as you rotate around the table and chat about The Great American Read Top 100 Books. We'll also have a separate table with crafts and activities just for kids. No dogs please (except service dogs). Reservations required. Click here to register.
Zoning Administrator - July 24, 2018
9 Carmelita Avenue - Modify the Conditions of Approval for a Tree Removal- PL18-4674 -
Zoning Administrator approved the above-referenced project, modifying the Conditions of Approval by reducing tree mitigation required for the removal of two heritage coast redwoods that are damaging the foundation of the house (structural damage has been evaluated by a civil engineer).
Planning Commission - July 24, 2018
144, 160, AND 178 Corte Madera Ave and 9 Eldridge Ave - Extension of an Approved Tentative Subdivision Map - D05-3244 - Planning Commission approved a three-year extension of an approved Tentative Map application. The extension also extends the July 18, 2016 approval of the Special Development Permit and Design Review application (File D05-3244) for three-years, ending July 18, 2021.

41 Ethel Avenue - Design Review - PL17-4643 - Planning Commission approved the design review application to demolish the existing two-story 2,062 square foot single-family home with an attached 410 square foot carport and develop a new 2,522 square foot three-story single-family dwelling with an attached 263 square foot garage on a 7,265 square foot lot.

571 Throckmorton Avenue - Design Review - PL18-4694 - Planning Commission approved the Design Review application to remodel and expand the existing one story 2,243 square foot single family dwelling with an attached 520 square foot garage. The existing first floor is reduced to 2,188 square feet of living area with an attached 530 square foot garage, adds a 1,572 square foot second story (including a 503 square foot Accessory Dwelling Unit, updates exterior finishes, and adds a new deck at the rear of the residence.

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City Council Meeting - July 30, 2018 
The City Council was introduced to new City Staff members Supervising Librarian Andrew Murphy and Supervising Librarian Natalie McCall, and congratulated Natasha Lowell on her promotion to Library Supervisor.

The City Council a dopted:
  • A Resolution authorizing a collection rate application from Mill Valley Refuse Service for a 14.60% increase in Solid Waste Collection Services Effective July 1, 2018. 
  • A Resolution Designating Councilmember Sloan as an Additional Alternate Delegate to Represent the City at the September 12 - 14, 2018 Annual League of California Cities Conference.
  • A Resolution Approving the Simon's Way (542 Miller Avenue) Subdivision Improvement Agreement Amendment.
Council approved t he City's response to the Marin County Grand Jury Report entitled 'Yellow School Bus for Traffic Congestion," as well as t he City's Bicycle Friendly Community Application.  Council heard a Presentation on the topic of regulations pertaining to private bus and shuttle avtivities in Mill Valley City Limits.
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Parks and Recreation Meeting - August 1, 2018
Parks and Recreation Commissioners received an informational update and discussed:
  • Community Center Parking Lot Slurry Seal Project 
  • Aquatics & Fitness and Community Centers Annual Closure 
  • SLP #184 Handrail Project 
  • Miller Avenue Medians Landscape 
  • Recreation Rates

Watch the meeting here.

City Council Meeting - August 6, 2018

Council adopted Resolutions:
  • Accepting the Throckmorton/Seaver Gap Closure Project as complete. 
  • Approving a 2018 Streets and Sewer plans, specifications and engineering, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract. 

Council considered a $250,000 Measure A allocation from TAM for initiation of the E. Blithedale Rehabilitation scoping and design efforts.

Council received a presentation and gave direction regarding the o
utline and direction of elements for inclusion in the City's Long-Term Financial Plan.


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Planning Commission Meeting - August 14

1. 17 Coronet Avenue - Appeal of an application for Design Review, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), Tree Removal, Variance, and Categorical Exemption 

2. 65 Ethel Avenue - Study Session for Design Review
We welcome comments & suggestions:
Mill Valley City Hall: 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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